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HOW ATHLETE INTELLIGENCE IS REVOLUTIONIZING ATHLETICS THROUGH DATA COLLECTION

Only an estimated 42% of high school teams have access to a certified athletic trainer for both games and practices. That means a professional isn’t always present to carefully watch or even administer aid if impacts of concern occur. Even when they are present, many of the time coaches and athletic trainers don’t have access to appropriate tools to monitor, track and quantify potentially harmful impacts. Injuries then go undetected or unnoticed and players are allowed to continue to play, though already exposed to potentially dangerous impacts.

MAKING DATA DRIVEN DECISIONS

For the first time, Teams can now use head-impact data from games and practices to identify players at a greater risk of injury through being exposed to the hardest and highest quantity of head-impacts. Coaches and Athletic trainers can now have access to head-impacts from practice broken out by position and player, and can use that data to make more informed decisions to improve technique and manage head-impact exposure while simultaneously mitigating the risk of injury. With the help of Athlete Intelligence, teams have the ability to gain full context of a game or practice, without even being present.

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WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury. Source: WebMD.com

Concussions remain a difficult diagnosis process and require the aid of medical professionals when checking an athlete for symptoms. While no product may be able to prevent, diagnose, or identify a concussion, risk can still be mitigated by ensuring athletes are using proper technique, removing head from contact, and are removed from play if concerns of big impacts have occurred.

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FACT : MORE THAN 3.8 MILLION CONCUSSIONS AND SPORTS BRAIN INJURIES OCCUR EACH YEAR.

What do many professional hockey players, professional football players and professional fighters have in common?

Over the course of their careers, they’ve all suffered from a concussion or multiple concussions. In some cases, their injuries abruptly ended their playing career.

But professional athletes are not the only players susceptible to concussion.

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FACT : 250 THOUSAND CONCUSSIONS OCCUR IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL EACH YEAR.

Any athlete – especially those who participate in collision sports like football, hockey and lacrosse – can sustain a concussion. However, collision sports athletes are not the only ones susceptible to sports brain injury. Concussions have been reported in players from many different types of sports, including boxing, soccer, BMX, softball, cheerleading, diving and more.

Concussions don’t just occur in games, either. Anytime an athlete suits up, for practice or performance testing, they’re at risk.

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FACT : 300 THOUSAND OF THESE SPORTS BRAIN INJURIES WILL RESULT IN A LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS.

WebMD.com states that you don’t have to pass out (lose consciousness) to sustain a concussion. Some people will have obvious symptoms of a concussion, such as passing out or forgetting what happened right before the injury. But other people won’t.

According to this University of Pittsburgh study, concussions can often cause major, long-term brain impairments in information-processing speed, problem solving, planning and memory. In simpler terms, concussions can destroy your brain’s ability to function normally.

These impairments are worse with multiple concussions.

ONE CONCUSSION IS BAD ENOUGH. MULTIPLE CONCUSSIONS CAN BE DEADLY.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury.

Typical symptoms of concussion as reported by SportsMD.com include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Delayed verbal and/or motor response
  • Confusion and/or difficulty concentrating
  • Disorientation
  • Slurred and/or incoherent speech
  • Incoordination
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Inability to remember recent or past events
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Disorientation
  • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • Sensitivity to loud noises
  • Fogginess

Several studies in the 1970s and ’80s documented the cases of three athletes who died after suffering more than one concussion. Now, more than ever before, medical professionals and athletic trainers understand the catastrophic impact that repeated concussions can have on an athlete. Second Impact Syndrome is a rare condition that occurs when a second concussion occurs before a first concussion has properly healed causing rapid and severe brain swelling that could lead to permanent disability or death (BrainandSpinalcord.org). Even with all of this modern knowledge, there still isn’t a concrete platform that coaches and athletic trainers could use to evaluate an athlete’s injury and recovery from a concussion.

A REVOLUTION IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HEAD INJURIES

Vector™ MouthGuard: A revolution in the fight against head injuries. We’re tackling the growing epidemic of undiagnosed Sports Brain Injuries head on. The revolutionary Vector MouthGuard gives sideline personnel the ability to accurately measure the location and level of any given hit, and to establish an athlete’s history of exposure and injury. At its core, our state-of-the-art mouth guard transmits real-time information, allowing immediate assessments of a player’s ability to remain on the field. It’s the first solution of its kind, with precision accuracy that only intracranial detection can provide.

Hit Detection

Our ESP™ Chip Technology utilizes embedded microscopic technologies that accurately measure the hits and accelerations a player’s brain experiences during play.

Data Transmission

Data is transmitted in real-time to a laptop on the sideline and is stored on a secure internet database.

Notifications & Alerts

Sideline personnel can view alerts and notifications about a player’s status with a mobile notification device or computer from the sideline. The system provides tools that help assess an athlete’s ability to return to play or establish recovery protocols.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND IMPACT DETECTION

Traumatic brain injury, including concussions, occurs in sporting activities when the head is subjected to sudden high magnitude acceleration caused by a hit. As reports of head injuries for contact sports increase, sports personnel need useful information about what’s happening to players at the first sign of a hit. Athlete Intelligence is prioritizing research and development efforts in areas surrounding both linear and rotational acceleration. Linear acceleration occurs when the head experiences a change in speed while moving in a straight line. For example, when an outfielder collides with the outfield wall while tracking a deep fly ball. Rotational acceleration occurs when the head experiences a change in its rate of rotation, even if there is no straight-line motion. Since most collisions include components of both linear and rotational acceleration, we made it our goal to create a measurement system that could capture all the elements relevant to brain injury.

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THE METHODOLOGY BEHIND ATHLETE INTELLIGENCE

Traumatic brain injury, including concussion, occurs in sporting activities when the head is subjected to sudden high magnitude acceleration caused by a hit. Such hits may occur as a result of accidental or intentional collisions between athletes, or between an athlete and an inanimate object, e.g., a ball, goal post, fence, or the ground. Athlete Intelligence is prioritizing its research and development efforts in areas surrounding both linear and rotational acceleration.

Linear acceleration occurs when the head experiences a change in speed while moving in a straight line, for example when an outfielder collides with the outfield wall while tracking a deep fly ball. Rotational acceleration occurs when the head experiences a change in its rate of rotation, even if there is no straight-line motion. Since most sporting impacts include components of both linear and rotational acceleration, we made it our goal to create a measurement system that could capture all the elements relevant to brain injury.

WE DESIGNED THE VECTOR™ MOUTHGUARD WITH ESP™ CHIP TECHNOLOGY TO PROVIDE HIGH-ACCURACY MEASUREMENTS OF ALL HEAD MOTIONS THAT MAY CONTRIBUTE TO TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.

Because the system is in contact with the skull and not the helmet, shoulder or chin strap, Vector MouthGuard is able to precisely measure linear acceleration and rotational acceleration in three dimensions. To validate the performance of our design, we put our system to the ultimate challenge with a pendulum tester and linear hit tester, both calibrated for high-performance data collection.

ATHLETE INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM

Q: How does head-Impact monitoring help my team?

A: Head-impact monitoring is the only way to collect practice and game data to fully understand the amount of exposure each athlete is experiencing during contact and collision sports. The Athlete Intelligence platform helps collect the data and delivers it in an easy to read automated report highlighting which athletes may be at a greater risk of injury due to poor technique, receiving more impacts compared to their team or positional group, or which athletes are taking the hardest impacts. Having access to head-impact data directs coaches and athletic training staff to athletes who may need additional work on technique in order to remove their head from contact. Using data to improve athlete technique and therefore limit head-impact exposure mitigates the risk of head-related injuries.

Q: Will this system help identify or diagnose concussions?

A: No. The Athlete Intelligence Platform is intended to be used as a head-impact monitoring and performance tracking tool. It becomes a system for Coaches, Athletic Trainers, or Team Assistants to receive head-impact data allowing them to make more informed and data-supported decisions. The Athlete Intelligence Platform is not intended to remove decision making from a coach or medical professional, but rather help support it.

Q: Do the parents have access to the data?

A: No. The Athlete Intelligence Platform is designed to be used by sports teams and run by the Coaches or Athletic Training staff. There is currently no option for a parent to access the athlete data. If the team chooses to share the data with the parents, it is their decision.

Q: What impact severity threshold should be set to flag the harder impacts?

A: The Athlete Intelligence platform is designed to collect every head-impact sustained during a session. For products which support real-time notification, Coaches and Athletic training Staff can choose to turn on alerting if desired. The alerting function is designed to be set at both the team level and/or the individual athlete. Teams can customize the g-force severity they wish to receive alerts at and configure it during the season at any time

Q: How does knowing the impact location of each hit help my team?

A: By knowing the locations of each head-impact, Coaches and Athletic Training staff can quickly identify which athletes need additional work to their technique. Being able to identify the more dangerous crown of head impacts by team totals and individual athlete, teams can monitor proper technique is being followed, but more importantly where it is not and work closer with those athletes.

Q: How does knowing the impact quantity help my team?

A: Every team should always be looking at new way to limit head-impacts for their athletes. With the Athlete Intelligence platform and automated reporting tools, we highlight team, position, and athlete trends on head-impact exposure. Coaches use this data to better understand which drills may be leading to more head-impacts, or which position groups are becoming over-exposed to head impacts compared to their teammates.

Q: How does knowing the impact severity help my team?

A: While there is no clear correlation between g-force and head-injury being sustained, the severity of an impact allows for Coaches and Athletic training staff to have additional information when determining if further evaluation is required.

PRODUCTS

Q: What does the Vector MouthGuard and CUE Sport Sensor Measure?

A: Both the Vector MouthGuard and CUE Sport Sensor track and transmit the location, quantity, and severity of each impact sustained. The information becomes viewable in the Athlete Intelligence Web Platform and in the Athlete Intelligence Automated Reports.

Q: What is the main difference between the Vector MouthGuard and CUE Sport Sensor?

A: There are two main differences between the Vector MouthGuard and the CUE Sport Sensor. The first, Vector is an impact sensing mouthguard while CUE is designed to be affixed to a helmet or headband. Secondly, the Vector MouthGuard uses a sideline receiver in-order to transmit uninterrupted real time head-impact data to the sidelines. When an impact occurs over the teams preset threshold, an alert is sent to authorized users to determine if further evaluation is needed. The CUE Sport Sensor uses Bluetooth BLE to transmit data and is designed to download collected impacts following a game or practice.

Q: Why is the Vector MouthGuard considered the more premium product?

A: The Vector MouthGuard is considered the more premium product because of its high level of accuracy and uninterrupted real-time alerting. Since the mouth guard is connected to your upper teeth which is part of your skull, we can accurately measure acceleration and deceleration experienced when the head moves and pinpoint the direction of each impact. The Vector MouthGuard is also the only impact sensing mouth guard to use proprietary radio frequency to transmit data in real-time which outperforms Bluetooth speed and transmission range.

Q: How do I turn on the Vector MouthGuard?

A: The Vector MouthGuard uses a capacitive sensing strip to identify when the mouth guard is in an athlete’s mouth. When the Vector MouthGuard is in an athlete’s mouth, it turns itself on and when it is out of an athlete’s mouth, it turns itself off.

Q: What sports does the Vector MouthGuard work best for?

A: The Vector MouthGuard is recommended for team-use playing American Football, Hockey, or Lacrosse where a caged helmet is used.

Q: What sports does the CUE Sport Sensor work best for?

A: The CUE Sport Sensor is recommended for team-use playing American Football, Hockey, Lacrosse, and women’s soccer.

Q: Can I use my Vector MouthGuard with braces?

A: Yes. The Vector MouthGuard uses an exclusive material which allows for molding over braces. When molding over braces, please pay close attention to the fitting process as it is a little different compared to fitting without braces.

Q: How is the Vistamaxx material different from a normal mouthguard?

A: The Vistamaxx material is the latest scientific development to mouth guard material originally designed by ExxonMobil. Vistamaxx allows for the same boil and fit process and creates a much more durable and comfortable custom fit.

Q: Will the CUE Sport Sensor ever transmit in real-time like the Vector MouthGuard?

A: Yes. While the current version of the CUE Sport Sensor uses Bluetooth transmission technology, we plan to launch a real-time version in spring of 2020.

MISCELLANEOUS

Q: Can I purchase a single Vector MouthGuard or a Single CUE Sport Sensor?

A: No. Unfortunately, at this time the Athlete Intelligence head-impact monitoring and performance tracking platform is designed for team use only.

Q: How do teams typically pay for the system?

A: With greater concerns around head-related injuries, more teams have been writing the Athlete Intelligence Head-Impact monitoring platform into their budgets. Many schools have use technology budgets, STEM budgets, and education budgets. Others gain support from booster clubs, local sponsors, and even grants.

Q: Is the Impact data stored safely and secure?

A: Yes. All data is stored privately in secure databases designed for permission only access.

Q: How much does the Vector MouthGuard cost?

A: Athlete Intelligence offers various packages based on the number of athlete and contractual length of an agreement. All necessary products are included in the per athlete per year price. You may contact us directly at, sales@athleteintelligence.com for more information about pricing.

Q: How much does the CUE Sport Sensor cost?

A: Athlete Intelligence offers various packages based on the number of athlete and contractual length of an agreement. All necessary products are included in the per athlete per year price. You may contact us directly at, sales@athleteintelligence.com for more information about pricing.

To learn more, contact us at: info@athleteintelligence.com.

In Every Athlete There is Pure Potential

In our information booklet you'll gain instant access to how you can improve technique, manage head-impacts, and reduce the risk of injury for your athletes.

What you will find in out Athlete Intelligence Info Booklet:

  • All the information about our platform and sensors in one place
  • Direct link to our Athlete Intelligence video, for easy viewing and sharing
  • Pricing per athlete for both our VECTOR MouthGuard and CUE Sport Sensor
  • How the power of data can help identify opportunities of improvement for athletes

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